Thursday, 18 April 2019
Rathedaung, Burma: For a community which is not allowed to build or renovate homes without the consent of the authorities, bribery seems to be the only way out. A Rohingya villager paid a bribe of Kyat 400,000 to the Nasaka, Burma’s border security force on July 16 for permission to construct a house, in Rathedaung Township, Arakan State, Burma, said a close relative, who handed over the bribe money.

The villager identified as Abdul Rahim (30) son of Sona Ali, hails from Koe Tan Kauk (Donsay Para) village in Rathedaung Township, Arakan.
 
Since 1988, the present military ruling junta has not been allowing Rohingya villagers in Arakan State to build new houses without permission from the authorities. If any one is caught building a house without permission, he will be punished according to the prevalent law.
 
Rohingyas are not even allowed to renovate their houses, mosques and religious schools without permission from Nasaka. Most houses of Rohingyas have been built with bamboo and wood, so after two or three years they are in need of renovation, said a local carpenter.
 
Besides, Rohingyas have to pay roofing tax every year. Most of the houses in northern Arakan are roofed with thatch.